A New Look for Food Labels

February 27, 2014 | By | Comments (4)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new look to its food nutritional labels for the first time since the 1990s. The goal is to help consumers make informed food choices by having manufactures label their foods as clearly as possible.

The proposed change (which can be seen below), includes a fresh design, updated serving sizes and packing requirements, and listing added sugars.

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Food and Drug Administration

You can get more info here.

What do you think of the change? Tell us below, and be sure to check our guide to healthy snacks for every craving.

COMMENTS

  1. beachcomber

    I think the most important feature is realistic serving size. Few people sit down and eat a half-cup portion of ice cream or SHARE a 20-ounce bottle of soda and calculating “points” based on a fantasy isn’t doing people any good.. Personally, I try and eat few foods that HAVE labels but it’s nice to not have to whip out my math brain when I am standing in the grocery store.

    February 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm
  2. Jen

    What I don’t like is that it removed the “Calories from Fat” part. That’s one of the key things that I look at when deciding to buy/eat something. If the number of fat calories to the number of total calories is low, I don’t have a problem eating it. Also, as someone who struggles sometimes with eating and recovering, having the calories displayed that big is intimidating and may cause issues down the road on finding something to eat.

    February 28, 2014 at 8:58 am
  3. Margaret

    Calories from Fat is actually not a good thing to take into consideration. You should instead look at the types of fat in your food. Trans and saturated fat should be avoided, while poly and mono unsaturated fat is healthy and essential.

    March 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm
  4. Jen

    My fat levels are actually all good per my doctor, thank you.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:25 am

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